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Sinclair hails U18s perfect performance against Burton Albion

21 February 2023


Sinclair hails U18s perfect performance against Burton Albion

21 February 2023

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Professional development phase coach Frank Sinclair felt his side neared on perfection as they took a comfortable win against Burton Albion at the Hoober Homes Elite Performance Centre.

Jack Goodman’s brace and Harry Wood’s success saw Rovers U18s run in three goals without reply against the Brewers to secure back-to-back wins in the EFL Youth Alliance League.

The youth team were tasked with a meeting with the league’s second placed team going into the game, leaving Sinclair happy to see his side take yet another victory.

He said: “I’m really pleased because we’ve beat a team that are up there at the top of the league and we’ve come through that task a few times now this season.

“We’ve done really well to get a convincing 3-0 win against Burton and I think when you look at the players, and how they played in our system, we got it pretty much perfect.

“We stopped them from utilizing what they’ve been good at this season and we dealt with them really well because of our rotation in midfield.

“Our transitions and reactions were superb and I thought we worked really hard with all the fundamentals that you need to win a game of football.

“We could’ve still maybe been a little bit better in the final third and punished them in the first half to put the game to bed even before half-time.

“Second half we continued our momentum and controlled the game to get a pleasing result and that now gets us a bit closer to the top of the league.

“I think Burton will probably be up there as well, so all-in-all it’s been a really satisfactory day.”

Rovers scored their second goal early on in the second half after a move including over 20 passes found Harry Wood and the youth team manager was impressed by what he saw from his goal scorers.

Sinclair added: “The second goal was fantastic, we spoke at half-time about the switch of play and that ended up been part of the goal because we did that twice in the build up play to Harry Wood’s finish.

“It was just a fantastic team goal really.

“Obviously Jack Goodman’s got another two goals and played well, but he must have been fuming with me when I took him off the pitch while he was on a hat-trick, but that was just to protect him really because he had a little bit of stiffness.

“Then all the subs have come on and effected the game so I’m really pleased with the contributions that they made.”

Rovers U18s will now prepare for a crunch league fixture against Bradford City at Cantley Park on Saturday, February 25, and Sinclair insisted his side will go into the tie with their usual approach.

“We’ll go into the next game, respect the opposition, analyse their game, get to work and just make sure that we’re getting better every week because that’s what we always try to do.”

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